December 5, 2016
Train In/Out: Fairfield, CT
Miles walked: 2.7 (ack! don't judge, LOL)
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with m.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO
Welcome to Insomnia Magic Monday. Ugh. This is Magic Monday on very little sleep for some unknown reason. A bit frustrating with only a few weeks left. Not sure what went on this week but 1am wake up calls were happening with little ablity to get back to sleep. But the journey must go on.
The only borough I have not visited during 52 Magic Mondays was the Bronx. I've been there on visits outside of the project, mainly the Botanical Garden and Arthur Avenue area. However, visits there made me feel like wandering around alone with a camera wasn't the best idea. Today confirmed that. Despite feeling safe overall, the Bronx is not all that warm and fuzzy to an outsider like me. Nice enough, but some vibes I respected. I didn't stay long.
You know, "when in Rome". Yeah, I'm a Red Sox fan...at least I was growing up, although I don't follow sports anymore. Fond memories as a teenager watching Red Sox games on TV, eating way too many peanuts on a Saturday afternoon. My parents took me to a few games at the old Yankee Stadium to see the Red Sox play the Yankees. They felt that driving up to Boston from Connecticut was too far so we saw the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
I never quite know where I'm getting off when taking the subway to a new area of the city. My concern was, would I be able to find the stadium after I got off the subway? My concerns were quickly squashed, the stadium was right there.
It was only a couple of years ago that I finally went to a game in Boston. Fenway is quite the historical stadium. But today was about the "new" Yankee stadium, built in 2009. I was very excited to see the new stadium and take a tour.
Taking a tour on an obscure Monday morning in December let me see the concourse with few to no people around. A priviledge.
The "museum" area for tours in the stadium.
Which ball doesn't belong? Kidding. That was the oldest ball in the display if I recall the tour guide's talk correctly.
Tribute to Thurman Munson who died in a plane crash in 1979. When they built the new stadium they moved his locker.
I remember Dave. He played when I was closely following the Red Sox in high school. (he was cute!)
The concourse with all the fancy suites.
Pic of the new stadium with the old stadium across the street.
They would list the names of the players who wore the number for the suite number.
Funny story on this game in the photo - our tour guide pictured. The Yanks won the World Series with a walk-off home run. Fans stormed the field before the player crossed home plate. They had to wait for the field to clear and then they brought out all the players and the hitter crossed all the bases and home plate so the run could be officially recorded.
Too funny how crazy people can get and how official we have to be to record things. :)
One of the big party suites.
View from the suite.
Anything look a bit off with this baseball field to you? No wonder I think the Red Sox are a better BASEBALL team. LOL.
They use Yankee Stadium for a lot of other activities. They had a football event the weekend before. Hence the field setup. They said they even have hockey here.
Hot dog warmer. ;)
I include this pic because it was by the elevators, some kind of cafeteria like area on the party suite concourse. I have to tell you, it totally smelled like french fries and tater tots! THAT is why it's included on the page. Wish I had a smell-o-camera.
Views from the Press Box area.
Crane obscured the view of the sign.
This was the Delta Airlines "rich people room". I forget what they called it, but that's what it was.
Reflection in the Delta glass. The crane had moved a bit.
I got some swag for taking the $25 tour!
Decided to explore the area for a bit despite being insomnia tired. Walked up to the Grand Concourse not quite knowing if anything would be up in the area (I had read about it).
There was nothing much.
Bronx courthouse building. It was H.U.G.E. Entire block.
General style of buildings in the area. Certainly not the interesting building architecture of SoHo and TriBeCa. IMHO. I could tell I wasn't welcome in the area and that there was not too much to see so I headed back to the subway.
The pigeon flung a burger bun in the air just as I snapped the pic! xo
Some cool murals just under the subway station by the stadium.
A young father looking at Army material in the subway station.
Looking back as I rode up the escalator at the subway.
OK, not the best Leaving Drinks pic but I did like the straw in the bottle, chocolate bar wrapper and stadium in the background. Good enough for the blog page, but I'm sorry, you didn't make the #peopleleavingdrinkspage. Good effort. C+
Holiday Fair time in Grand Central.
Lots of popup retail setup in the Vanderbilt Hall area of Grand Central.
And that's a 3.5 hour day in the city wrap on Week 48 of 52 Magic Mondays. Wish me more sleep for Week 49!
Until the next Magic Monday!